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Berry Crumble (No Bake)

If you're looking to serve something healthy and light and a few notches above plain berries, this no-bake Berry Crumble is the ticket. Fresh berries topped with a rich nut-date mixture (and whipped cream if you like) - ready in 10 minutes.
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 8
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 6 cups any combination of berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, blackberries) 24 ounces or 6 pints
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more if berries are not sweet enough
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Nut-Date Mixture

  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped into small pieces 1/2 inch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whipped Cream (Optional)

  • 1 cup cold [heavy] whipping cream (35%) about 1 pint
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon granulated (regular) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract preferably pure
  • orange zest (optional), 1/2-1 tsp

Instructions

  • PREPARE BERRIES: Wash and pat berries dry with a paper towel. Slice strawberries if using (or cut them in smaller pieces. Place in serving dish approximately 7 x 11 or 9 x 9 or 10 x 10. Add maple syrup and toss to coat evenly. Taste berries and add more if needed. Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp orange zest if using.
  • MAKE TOPPING: Place ingredients for nut date mixture in food processor. Pulse 8-10 times until coarsely ground.
  • ASSEMBLE: Scatter mixture over berries. Serve plain or with whipped cream (Note 1) or ice cream. To make ahead - Note 2.

Notes

  1. To make whipped cream: Place whipping cream, vanilla, sugar and zest if using in a small food processor bowl (or a glass bowl if you're using a hand held mixer or immersion stick). Beat until soft peaks from, scraping down sides if needed. Be careful not to over whip to a butter consistency. Peaks should stand up fairly well - a slight droop is ok. 
  2. To make ahead: 
    • You can make the recipe several hours ahead and keep it chilled in the fridge.
    • If you want to make it the day before, store the berries and nut-date mixture separately. Keep the berries in the fridge and the nut mixture on the counter.
    • This dessert is best fresh, but leftovers are great to have the next day. The texture is admittedly softer, but the flavors are more blended.
 
Nutrition values are estimates and include whipped cream.
Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg